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How Sunday Igboho beat security at Benin Republic airport before his eventual arrest



Details have emerged on how Yoruba freedom fighter, Sunday Adeyemo, aka Sunday Igboho, initially escaped arrest at the Cadjèhoun Airport in Cotonou, Benin Republic before his eventual arrest around 8pm on Monday.

According to The Punch, a top security source disclosed that Igboho and his wife, Ropo, at first, escaped arrest but a travel agent was used to lure them back to the airport.

The source said; “He (Igboho) was arrested in Cotonou on Monday night while he tried to travel. He was already at the airport with a passport. The immigration officers suspected the passport and so they stopped him. In the process, they discovered he was the one. He was able to escape in the course of discussion and we were grateful to God for that.

“But the travel agent called back saying the matter had been resolved. But on going back, he was arrested. He was trying to travel to Germany when he was apprehended.”

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Also, another security source present in Cotonou told The PUNCH that Nigeria’s Ambassador to Benin Republic, Lt. Gen. Tukur Buratai (retd.) was instrumental in the arrest of Igboho and his wife.

The source said that the former Chief of Army Staff wrote the government of the Benin and insisted on the arrest and extradition of Igboho.

Buratai, Nigeria’s Chief of Army Staff between July 2015 and January 2021, was deployed as Nigeria’s envoy in the Benin Republic in June 2021.

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The top security source in Benin Republic, who also spoke to The Punch, said that Buratai through the Nigerian Embassy in the neighbouring West African country, sent a secret letter to the Benin government to be on the lookout for Igboho.

It was gathered that the letter was instrumental to the arrest of Igboho and his wife, Ropo, at the Cadjèhoun Airport in Cotonou, the largest city in the French-speaking country.

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